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Rockwood splits with Kingston

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By The Staff

 By GOOSE LINDSAY

Roane Newspapers

The Rockwood Tigers and Kingston Yellow Jackets completed their season series Saturday at Rockwood and the results of their second meeting was the same as the first as the Rockwood boys and Kingston girls both came away with victories.

The girls game was close throughout, but Kingston ended the game on a 9-2 run and that was the difference in the Lady Jackets 46-39 victory.

Things weren’t as difficult for Rockwood’s boys as Paul Kamikawa’s squad led from wire-to-wire in picking up a 55-38 victory.

Girls Game

Kingston won it at the charity stripe Saturday as the Lady Jackets hit nine of 10 free throws in the final 1:46 of the game to pull out a 46-39 victory.

Overtime was a distinct possibility Saturday as the score was tied eight times on the evening and neither team was able to put together a significant run.

Three of the ties occurred in the first period as the teams traded baskets for the first six minutes of the period. Rockwood would end the period on a 5-0 run, however, to take a 13-11 lead after eight minutes of play.

Kaylah Powell had a big first quarter for Rockwood with two three-pointers and eight points while Jacquelyn Givens scored six points to lead Kingston.

Rockwood continued their run at the start of the second quarter as the Lady Tigers led 19-12 with 4:45 left in the half after a Kiley Gunter put back, but the rest of the period belonged to Kingston as the Lady Jackets used a 9-2 run to pull even at 21-21 at halftime.

Callie Mergen sparked Kingston’s run with five points.

The third period was more of the same as Rockwood outscored Kingston 12-11 in the frame to take a 33-32 lead into the final period of play. 

Three-pointers played a big part in the period as Reanna Henderson and Gunter buried triples for Rockwood while Brooke Thearp dialed long distance twice for the Lady Jackets.

Things remained tight in the fourth quarter with a three-pointer from Rockwood’s Emily Mead tying the score at 37 with 3:07 left to play, but the Lady Tigers would manage just two more points after that as Kingston pulled away late.

Jacquelyn Givens led Kingston on the night with 16 points while Thearp added three triples for nine points.

Powell paced Rockwood with 15 points and seven rebounds while Mead added eight points. Gunter pulled down a game-high eight rebounds for the Lady Tigers.

Kingston (46) Ray 6, Mergen 8, Jennifer Givens 2, Thearp 9, Jacquelyn Givens 16, Cole 3, Neal 2.

Rockwood (39) Gunter 7, Powell 15, Mead 8, Henderson 4, Evans 2, Harris 2, Grant 1.

Boys Game

Rockwood improved to 12-3 overall as the Tigers rolled to a 17-point victory over the Jackets.

Rockwood started strong as Kramer Gunter ripped a three-pointer to start the game and that helped the Tigers build a 12-6 lead after eight minutes of play.

Rockwood started to pull away in the second period. The Tigers got five points each from Gunter and Ronnie Dyer and four more from Jeromy Hagermaker as Rockwood led 30-17 at halftime.

Rockwood scored the first five points of the second half to take a 35-17 lead with 6:06 left in the third period, but it wouldn’t be until midway through the fourth quarter that the Tigers had the game in complete control.

Kingston trailed 41-25 entering the fourth quarter, but Ty Raymer scored five straight points and Matt Francis added a hoop as the Jackets pulled to within nine points at 41-32 with 5:44 left to play. The Jackets were still within 10 points at 45-35 when Dwayne Clemons buried a three-pointer with 4:16 left to play, but Rockwood answered with a 10-3 run to put the finishing touches on their 17-point victory.

Gunter (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Hagermaker (12 points, 7 rebounds) scored in double figures for Rockwood while Clemons and Adam Jackson scored nine points each for Kingston.

Kingston (38) Phillips 3, Kelley 2, Francis 4, Clemons 9, Jackson 9, Gough 3, Raymer 7, Ladd 2.

Rockwood (55) Raby 6, Brock 8, Hagermaker 12, Parsons 6, Gunter 13, Inman 5, Dyer 5.